- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2012


Seventeen-year-old Texas high school junior and honors student Diane Tran is bearing an excessively heavy load: taking a full load of honors classes while working full-time and part-time jobs to help support her family. This heavy schedule has resulted in a judge sentencing her to a day in jail for missing too many classes and being excessively tardy to school.

It is obvious that this judge can’t see the forest for the trees. Not only should he be honoring Diane for her superhuman efforts, especially at such a young age, he should be trying to help her in any way he can, not giving her an unwarranted criminal record that could hurt her in the future.

Where my anger lies is mainly with Diane’s family. Instead of having their teenage daughter working like a virtual slave, why aren’t her parents, relatives and older brother helping more? They are driving their teenage family member to a state of pure exhaustion. This Texas judge is punishing the wrong people.


Huntington Beach, Calif.

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